Updated: Mar 12
The most important ingredient in a child's learning
What do you consider to be the most important ingredient for your child's learning success?
At Latch Onto Learning, we believe the most pivotal ingredient is YOU. Not your child's teacher, tutor, or textbooks, but you as their parent or family member.
Why do we think this? Well, studies have shown that children with families engaged in their education are more likely to:
Earn higher grades and test scores
Graduate from high school and attend post-secondary education
Develop self-confidence and motivation in the classroom
Have better social skills and classroom behavior
They are also less likely to:
Suffer from low self-esteem
Require redirection in the classroom
Develop behavioral issues
How to be engaged in your child's education
Ask questions and keep up to date with your child's learning
At the end of our tutoring sessions, we take a few minutes to go over your child's learning during the tutoring session. Ask questions. Your tutor just spent 30 or 60 minutes with your child. They have lots they can say about what your child was successful with and what skills your child is still mastering.
Praise your child
Now that you know what your child can do... praise them! Be specific and let them know how proud you are of all the effort they put in during their tutoring session. Praise your child's success to your significant other or a grandparent on the phone when your child can overhear. They will absolutely love hearing you talk about how hard they are working and the progress they are making.
Find those little learning moments
Now that you know the skills your child can do and are working on... give them little learning moments where they can organically practice them. For example, if your child is learning about beginning blends, try asking them to tell you the difference between the word 'back' and 'black' on the car ride to school. Keep it short and keep it something they will be successful at. Reviewing the skills they have already learned is an important part of solidifying their understanding. If you need ideas of what's a good little learning moment, your tutor will be able to give you a few suggestions at the end of the session.
Keep it positive
Be aware of when your child is listening. For example, if your child is around, try to stay positive about your child's teacher, principal or tutor. Most importantly, keep your child's learning positive. Try to avoid making negative comparisons to siblings or cousins. Your child is likely already aware of their own learning difficulties. While early intervention is imperative for many learning related difficulties (i.e. Matthews Effect), your child needs your help in framing themselves as capable learners. Learning is hard. Especially, if your child is already struggling. They need you to be their biggest fan and their greatest supporter. It's a marathon not a sprint.
How Latch Onto Learning can help
At Latch Onto Learning we are dedicated to helping you get engaged in your child's learning.
Our tutoring programs are designed to meet your child's unique academic learning needs. Furthermore, we offer programs that help restore children's relationships with learning. We create a learning environment that can be replicated at home.
Meanwhile, this blog is devoted to bringing you the helpful insights, resources, and teaching tips you need to get involved in your child's learning, and maybe just your own learning as well! Our blog is organized into the following topics:
Learning (General Education)
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